9th May 2006
Homosexuality linked to biology 1
12:00 AM — Scientists have found more evidence suggesting sexuality is biologically determined, adding weight to arguments that homosexuality is natural.Researchers from the Stockholm Brain Institute in Sweden, discovered that the brains of lesbians responded to known as sexual hormones differently to heterosexual women.
Church allows gay membership ban
12:00 AM — The United Methodist Church's high-court is refusing to reconsider an earlier ruling that allowed a Virginia minister to deny a man church membership because he is gay.According to the Associated Press, the 5 to 4 ruling was handed down yesterday by the Judicial Council, saying there was no basis to revisit the case.
Human rights group move against gay marriage law change 1
12:00 AM — The Human Rights Campaign's fight against the Federal Marriage Amendment has hit full swing as the date for the Senate vote approaches.With a vote scheduled the week of June 5 2006, the rights activists have launched an advertising campaign in the press targeting gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans, urged more than 250,000 fair-minded Americans to act against the amendment.
Gay fear mother found guilty of custody interference 1
12:00 AM — A mother who kidnapped her son in fear that her ex husband would turn him gay, has been found guilty of interfering with custody of the child and breaking a restraining order.The jury of four women and two men took just an hour to find 50-year-old Caren Macdonald guilty.
Caribbean homophobic attack victims speak out 5
12:00 AM — The family of one of the producers attacked in the Caribbean last month have spoken of their shock at how the homophobic assault has affected him.Ryan Smith, 25, a top producer with the David Letterman show and CBS news, has been left with speech and writing problems as well as surgical scars.
Canadian band release gay marriage song
12:00 AM — Canadian indie-pop band The Habit has a message for Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper, don't make Canadians fight for their right to marry, again.The Habit has summed up their challenge to Mr Harper in the song Fighter, which they are releasing today in an internet-exclusive launch.
Gay cannibal handed murder conviction
12:00 AM — A German gay cannibal who killed and ate a man he met on the internet has been sentenced to life in prison for murder today after a judge ordered a retrial deeming his earlier sentence too lenient.Armin Meiwes, 44, was initially only found guilty of manslaughter after killing Bernd Juergen Brandes, 43, in 2004, on the basis that his victim was a willing partner.
8th May 2006
California church avoids gay row
12:00 AM — The Episcopal Church in California has avoided a row over homosexuality after choosing a heterosexual bishop to become its next minister.There were fears of a new row over homosexuality after the Diocese of California included two gay clergymen on its shortlist for a new bishop.
Gay hate crimes bill fails
12:00 AM — A change in the law that would have added homosexuality to federal laws regarding hate crime has been abandoned.The bill, being pushed by Senator Ted Kennedy, had to be dropped after Republicans threatened to block a more high profile sex offender bill and blame it on him and gay activists.
Hitler was gay, book claims
12:00 AM — Adolf Hitler may have been gay, according to a new book.The publication, Adolf Hitler: The Final Analysis, by physician, Andrew Norman, studies how the leader of Nazi Germany's mental and physical state affected his judgement and conduct as he led the country into Word War Two.
Tennis ace slams Czech president’s gay veto 1
12:00 AM — Czech Tennis star, Martina Navratilova has criticised her home country's president, Vaclav Klaus for being anti-gay.In February Mr Klaus vetoed a law allowing same-sex partnerships, saying it increased the state's power to interfere with individual lives.
Friends star avoids trans sex change programme 1
12:00 AM — Actress Courtney Cox has avoided having her family's private matters exposed in public, quite literally.Her brother in law, transsexual Alexis Arquette, sibling of Cox' husband, David Arquette, was set to have a sex change operation live on television.
Paris Hilton: ‘I want a gay boyfriend’ 7
12:00 AM — Simple Life star Paris Hilton who split up with her boyfriend Stavros Niarchos says she'd rather have a gay boyfriend as they take more care in their appearance.The star told Out magazine in America: "Gay guys are more fun andthey dress better and they're usually hotter.
Human rights group call for action against homophobia
12:00 AM — Moscow authorities must investigate two incidents where protestors threatened and attacked people entering and leaving gay-friendly bars, according to Human Rights Watch.The group demand an end to assaults on freedoms of association and assembly in a letter to Mayor Yuri Luzhkov, which also calls for an end to the threatened ban on Russia's first planned gay pride parade, scheduled for May 27.
5th May 2006
Legal group fights for gay benefits in New York
12:00 AM — Lambda Legal and co-counsel Kramer Levin Naftalis Frankel LLP presented oral arguments before the Supreme Court of New York in Nassau County in a lawsuit today on behalf of a retired Nassau County teacher who was denied spousal benefits for his same-sex spouse."Duke Funderburke helped to educate a generation of New Yorkers over the course of his 25 years as a teacher," said Alphonso David, Lambda Legal staff attorney and lead attorney on the case.
Congress member signs bill against Pentagon’s gay policy 5
12:00 AM — California Democratic Representative, Susan Davis has signed on as a co-sponsor of the Military Readiness Enhancement Act, a bill to repeal the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on lesbian, gay and bisexual service members.Ms Davis, whose district includes parts of San Diego, became the 115th Member of Congress to co-sponsor the legislation.
Massachusetts debates gay marriage ban
12:00 AM — The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts began to hear views yesterday over calls from some groups to debate banning gay marriage in a 2008 ballot.Lawyers from the Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD) against the proposal from Attorney General Thomas F. Reilly said: "Our state constitution says there can be no citizen-initiated constitutional amendment that `relates to the reversal of a judicial decision.'"
Jerusalem mayor reluctantly accepts gay pride 23
12:00 AM — The mayor of Jerusalem has been told he cannot stop this year's WorldPride event in the capital of Israel.Uri Lupoliansky, an orthodox Jew, opposes the parade, but has been told by a Jerusalem municipality spokesman that he cannot stop it taking place.
4th May 2006
Gay group welcomes Wendy’s anti-discrimination policy
12:00 AM — Fast food outlet Wendy's has implemented protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees.The move came after the restaurant chain was put under pressure from gay civil rights group, the Equality Project, and the companies biggest shareholder, the New York City Employees (NCYERS) Retirement Fund.
Cameroon holding freed “gay sex” prisoners
12:00 AM — The Cameroonian government has refused to release nine men jailed on charges of homosexuality despite their acquittal, according to the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC).The men have been detained in Kondegui Prison in Yaoundé for nearly a year after being accused of gay acts.